Participation in a travel program
requires significant commitment for both you and your child. The
will run from late
October or early November to March.
are mandatory and are usually twice per week. Practice will
last between 1 and 2 hours.
Your coach will normally talk to everyone on the team and determine a
night that is convenient for everyone. Practices are where the
player improve their skills.
Your goal should be to have your
child attend all
practices and every game. Individual practice outside of the team
is strongly encouraged. Also, clinics and camps are extremely beneficial
for your child.
Games are usually held on the
weekends, with each team competing on the average of two times per week. Typically, there
are 12 league games per season beginning in
November. However, coaches often schedule non-league games interspersed
with league games. Playoff games normally take place on weekends
in late February to the middle of March Most travel teams can also
have between 3 and 6 tournaments per season. Many organizations
will start and end the season with a tournament. Most of the games are
within a one hour travel radius but tournaments can be slightly
further. On an average a team will have about 20 to 35 practices and
anywhere from 20 to 40 games.
Most tournaments are three day
events (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday). Sunday morning games
are often a fact of life with travel basketball.
Most organizations host their own
tournaments as a fundraising event. Parent volunteers are needed
to make these events successful.